Five young coronavirus breachers have been slapped with fines after they were sat in a car watching a film together.
Police officers were called to a pub car park in Lower Penn, South Staffordshire, after receiving reports of a covid regulation breach.
Under the Tier 3 rules, families are barred from mixing indoors with anyone not part of their household or support bubble.
Officers have now said they won’t tolerate anyone caught flouting the coronavirus restrictions.
PCSO Kadir Guler, of Staffordshire Police, said: “Local officers have attended a pub car park in Lower Penn, where it was reported a suspicious car was parked with five occupants inside one car.
“Officers attended and found five young persons in one car, in breach of Tier 3 regulations, watching a film.
“Four of them had even took it upon themselves to park their cars in the pub car park.
“This was a breach of regulations and all 5 were given a covid fine for the breach. One was also given a traffic ticket because his car had an illegal plate.
“Actions like this will slow down bringing South Staffs to Tier 2, and is dangerous for all involved.
“We will not tolerate blatant breaches like this and encourage residents to ring with any concerns.”
Under the current coronavirus tier system, the entire Staffordshire area has been grouped into one series of restrictions, despite the reproduction – R – rate differing among the lower tier local authorities.